February 16, 2011

Ansel Adams

Happy Birthday to You
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Ansel Adams, photographer and environmentalist, was born
February 20, 1902.

He was a native Californian and is best known for his black and white photographs of Yosemite National Park. Despite the weight and size of the equipment available during his lifetime, he used large-format cameras, packing them long distances into remote areas, admist the harshest of elements, in order to obtain just the right lighting, exposure and contrast.

His prints are everywhere - books, calendars, postcards, mousepads, posters, coffee cups - and are a constant reminder of our obligation to protect the natural beauty of our planet.
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Nothing but a black and white theme will do.
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Buffalo print placemats help to lend a casual feeling to the setting.
Old 35 mm film rolls are sprayed black and used for place cards.
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Wild flowers, votive candles,
strips of film, and a vintage camera
line the center of the table.
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Three-sided Ansel Adams Lanterns,
adapted from a Martha Stewart craft, display a few of Adams' famous photographs.

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Cardboard frames were made in various sizes (Martha used real frames.)
PhotobucketPrints from the internet were sized to fit the frames and printed on standard printing paper (not vellum paper). The lantern sides were taped together with black duct tape.
Small battery powdered string lights were inserted and a cardboard triangle was set on top.
Additional pictures of the construction can be found on the How-To Page.

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For more information on Ansel Adams, visit the Sierra Club's history page .
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Black-stemmed wine and water goblets: no information, Pasadena Flea Market
White dinner plates (acting as chargers): Apilco, William-Sonoma
Black dinner plates: no markings, Yard Sale
White salad/soup bowls: Elements, Crate & Barrel
Flatware: Can't remember
Napkins: handmade
Placemats: Sur La Table
Camera: No.1-A Autographic Kodak Jr., Eastman Kodak (marketed from 1914 - 1927), inherited


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I have linked to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
. . . off on my tangent . . . for Alphabe-Thursday's Letter S (snapshot) and
Nikki's Nifty Knacks for Getting Crafty on Hump Day and
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.


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24 comments:

  1. I am learning so much history just by viewing your wonderful tablescapes! What a nice tribute and I think your lanterns turned out just great. I love how you always pay such attention to details like the camera film and film boxes you've used. Great job!

    Kay

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  2. I love all the wonderful attention to detail. PLUS the end result was really pretty!

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  3. Interesting tablescape to go with Ansel Adams. Visiting from Jenny's.

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  4. What a wonderfully thought out theme. You should be a party planner. Just beautiful. I would love to be a guest at your table.

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  5. Love Ansel Adams. B&W is such a great color combo. Great Snaps.

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  6. The laterns are wonderful. I have never seen anything like them before.

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  7. I love Ansel Adams. This tablescape is gorgeous.

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  8. Denise, What a beautiful setting. It gives me some ideas for my next dinner party - maybe a classic Oscar's night with the lanterns made from stills from classic B&W or do a Wizard of Oz party with each of the characters as a lantern/place setting? Hmmm, the menu for that would be FUN.

    JoAnn @ Stiches and Thyme

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  9. What a clever table! Ansel Adams would be pleased with your creative tribute I'm sure. ~ Sarah

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  10. You are a riot! Your Three-sided Ansel Adams Lanterns with battery lights are the Greatest invention since Bubblegum.

    This table is beautiful. Love all the black and white you used for this table. The film place cards, ribbon film and old camera are more than wonderful. Your wildflower and pussy willow centerpiece is so pretty and perfect on this table.

    You should of started a blog years ago with all your creative talent that comes out on each table you share. So sweet that you share how to create what you make with everyone. Love It!

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  11. What a clever idea! The black and white theme is really lovely.

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  12. What a great inspiration for your table! The black and white theme looks great with the bold checks and all the photography-related elements!

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  13. What a fabulous idea!!! and i loved the oh so appropriate black and white setting!

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  14. So creative and so informative. I love the black and white theme and the entire tablescape is stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  15. Oh man, this is my very favorite. I am a huge Ansel Adams fan and this just perfectly captures his elegance and style!

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  16. Wonderful tribute to a great photographer!

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  17. What a cool post! I love how you did the back lit images. Ansel Adams was an amazing artist, we owe him such a debt of gratitude forhis work.

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  18. What a great theme! I adore Ansel Adams! I have a wonderful print of winter trees. Your table is beautiful and so clever!

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  19. What a superb stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "S".

    My husband is a huge AA fan. This would have been a fun party to do!

    Thanks for sharing these clever ideas. Your tablescapes are always so incredibly creative.

    A+

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  20. Beautiful black and white table, the added photography pieces add so much to it...you are so creative, Denise!

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  21. What a creative tablescape! Such attention to detail with the photos!

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  22. love these snapshots.

    beautiful table.

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